Thailand Adventure Tour
Bangkok-Chiangmai-Phuket soft adventure Tour
11 Nights/ 12 Days
Welcome to Sherpa Ascent International Travel's Bangkok-Ayuthaya-Chiang
Mai-Phuket tour program, perfectly designed to suite your itinerary
when visiting Thailand. We have put together this tour program after
running many tours throughout the regions.
This tour takes
you through Bangkok's ancient palaces, temples, canals (traditional
Thai water ways), floating market of Damnernsaduak, ancient capital
city of Ayuthaya with return trip on cruise on the Chaophraya River,
Chiang Mai, the ancient Lanna Kingdom of northern Thailand, and
Phuket Island in the south. The highlights of this tour around Chiang
Mai in the north will be to explore ancient temples, arts and crafts
of the people in the north, visits to numerous hill tribe people
to see their unique cultures, elephant safari and bamboo rafting
in the beautiful scenery of nature.
After Chiang Mai tour, we take a flight to Phuket Island in the
south of Thailand to experience its extraordinary scenery. Here,
we take scenic tours to visit James Bond Island area, fisherman's
villages, elephant camps and visit Raya Island to relax on the clean
sandy beaches. Then, on the last day, we do some action packed sea
kayaking to explore the Phang Nga Bay's lush green mangrove forests
between spectacular crust islands, sea caves and tidal tunnels filled
with extraordinary stalactites, stalagmites and army of bats. With
inflatable sea kayaks paddled by our guides, we visit lagoons inside
the spectacular crust islands of lush green vegetation where various
wild animals make their home.
You will find this well crafted vacation package to be your finest
trip in Thailand because this tour allows you to experience most
of what Thailand has to offer to its curious visitors. We surely
hope that you will have excellent time and fun on this tour. If
what we have put together here does not meet your requirements,
please feel free do ask. The following paragraphs offer you some
details on each destination. For further information and questions,
please feel free to ask. We look forward to welcome you to Thailand
and offer you the best.
Highlights of Bangkok:
Welcome to Bangkok, the capital and the major metropolitan city
of Thailand! The Grand Palace, ancient temples, river boat cruise,
floating market, classical Thai dance, elephant show, and crocodile
farm are some of the highlights of the tour here. The bustling capital
offers sightseers a full range of historic monuments and avant garde
modern architecture. Temples, monasteries, museums, libraries, cultural
centers, safari parks, huge shopping complexes and first class hotels
make Bangkok one of the greatest cities in the Far East. Our guided
tours will take you through most attractive historic monuments and
sites of Bangkok. Treat yourself with finely designed tour of Sherpa
Ancient Capital City of Ayuthaya:
Ayuthaya was Capital City of Thailand from 1350 to 1767. During
this period Thai culture flourished and so did international relations
with the Dutch, French, Portuguese, Japanese and Chinese. Ayuthaya
is in the middle of the Pasak River and boasts uncountable ancient
temples, monuments, ruins and stupas. The Ayuthaya Historical Park
is a UNESCO declared World Heritage site. In 1767, the Burnese Army
sacked and burnt down Ayuthaya to complete ruins. Although it suffered
a great destruction, Ayuthaya is still a very attractive ancient
city to visit and is only 82 kilometers north of Bangkok. Other
attractions in Ayuthaya that we incorporate as part of our tour
are The Bang Pa In-Summer Palace and national museum.
Highlights of Chiang Mai (Northern Thailand):
Departures from Bangkok/Chiang Mai September to May:
Chiang Mai, the northern province of Thailand, founded by King Mengrai
in 1296. This northern region was known as the Lan Na Thai kingdom
in the 13th to 14th centuries. Chiang Mai City is the second biggest
in Thailand, the most active trading post in the north and a vibrant
university center. Visitors will be amazed by the well over 300
temples and its scenic landscape. Thailand's highest peak, Doi Inthanon
(2595 meters above sea level), crowns the north. Here, travelers
can enjoy scenic trekking, elephant riding, hiking through hill
tribe villages, bamboo rafting and magnificent vistas at sun set
and sun rise. The province is home to many hill tribes with distinct
cultures. Extraordinary woodcarvings, silverware and the artworks,
beautiful flower festival parades and diverse cultures are some
of the attractions here. Join us and explore the scenery and the
cultures of northern Thailand with Sherpa Ascent International.
Highlights of Phuket Island:
Phuket island, in the Andaman Sea, Thailand's largest island Province,
was first to develop a tourism industry. It is still a leader in
luxury hospitality and a sophisticated international resort destination.
This "treasure island" of Thailand earns its reputation
with delicious sea food, spas to rejuvenate you, top golf courses,
beautiful coral reefs, sea kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing,
para-sailing, elephant rides, cultural shows, and spectacular views
in the vicinity of Phuket. Similan Islands in the Andaman Sea and
other nearby smaller islands make an exotic excursions.
One day sea kayak trips with escort boat and on board cooking facility
or 3 to 6 day overnight sea kayak camping tours in Phang Nga Bay
with escort boat are exciting and some of the best outdoor packages
here. Delicious fresh seafood is served for lunch and dinner and
unlimited soft drinks.
BEST SEASON: The normal tour season in Thailand is September to
May. The Southern Thailand region is at its best from November to
March. However, the months of March and April are quite hot.
ITINERARY: BANGKOK-CHIANGMAI-PHUKET TOUR 12 DAYS:
Day 1 Arrive Bangkok
Meet on arrival at Bangkok international Airport and transfer to
Dinner with Thai Classical Dance:
7:00 PM Pick up from the hotel for a worm welcome night with Thai
classical dance in a typical Thai pavilion restaurant. The Thai
in the old days were usually performed only in the Royal Court,
now presented to you. We offer this cultural show and dinner trip
the evening of the first day or the second day depending upon the
time in Bangkok. Transfer back to the hotel: 9:30pm. Dinner and
courtesy of Discover Asia Travel.
Day 2 The rural canal /Royal grand palace and Temples Tours
7:00 am Pick up from the hotel and transfer to the pier.
Cruise along the main river of Thailand (Chao Phraya River). There
are well over 100 canals in Bangkok. Hence, it is often called the
"Venice of the east". Early Thai lifestyle of dwelling
along the riverbanks is still experienced in this hustle and bustle
of the modern city of Bangkok.
Visit the Wat Sai Floating market, the old Bangkok floating market
area. NOTE: The floating market here is no longer active. We take
a visit to this area as part of the canal tour for an experience
to observe how the local people live here. We take a break at the
snake farm and mini zoo to enjoy exciting snake show. Back to the
main river via Wat Arun (Temple of dawn). The former palace of King
Taksin of Thonburi period (1767-1782).
Visit the Royal Grand Palace and Wat Phra Keow (Temple of the Emerald
Buddha), which was moved by King Rama I of Chakri Dynasty in 1782
west side of Chao Phraya river to the east. Visit various halls
of royal function
such as Amarindra Throne Hall, Chakri Mahaprasart and Dusit Mahaprasart
Throne Hall and the residential area.
Wat Pra Keow (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) Is one of the most
beautiful temples in royal palace compound. The temple itself is
being used for principal royal function and royal chapel. This temple
is the repository of The Emerald Buddha, the most holy Buddha Image
of Thai Buddhism. The Image is carved in semiprecious green stone
66 cm high. The temple is regarded as the oldest and the most beautiful
decoration in the country.
Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) is the oldest, largest
and most visited temple in Bangkok. Well known as the first open
university of Thailand. Night at the hotel. (B&L).
Day 3 Damnernsaduok Floating market, Crocodile Farm and Rose Garden (Full day Tour)
7.00am Pick up from the hotel, and drive to Damnernsaduok floating
market to the west of Bangkok, Rajaburi Province. First break at
the sea salt field to view how salt is produced. However, this stop
is optional. Second short break at a coconut garden where coconut
sugar is produced, local home industry, orchid plantation and butterfly
We stop at a pier several kilometers before the main Damnernsaduak
floating market and ride on long tail speedboat to the main floating
market compound. En route explore the typical life styles of local
people in central region of Thailand. Once we reach the center of
floating market, get off from the boat and explore the market at
leisure. Depart floating market and continue our journey to the
woodcarving center to see the world famous fine arts of Thailand.
Lunch at crocodile farm, and see Crocodile wrestling, and great
Then, continue to The Rose Garden, and visit the beautiful country
resort to observe the Thai ways of life from every part of the country
featuring Thai boxing, wedding ceremony, folk song and dance, ordination
into the monkshood and more. End of tour and transfer back to Bangkok.
Overnight at the hotel. (B&L).
Day 4 Ayuttaya-Ancient temples and ruins tour with return by cruise
7:00 am Pick up from the hotel and transfer by coach / mini bus
/ boat to
First stop at Bang-pa-in, the famous summer palace of the royal
family, which was built about a century ago. Here, different buildings
reveal different architectural designs, such as Thai, Italian, and
Then, we reach the town of Ayuthaya via Wat Phanancheang.
Then, visit the largest sitting Buddha Image (Luangpor Tor) which
was made of gilded brick and plaster. The knee span is 14.10 meters;
the height from shin to the top is 19 meters. Records indicate that
it was built in 1324, about twenty years before Ayuthaya was founded.
Highlights of the trip: The Royal Grand Palace, which was built
by King Trilokanart (1448-1488) and was added at later reigns. The
royal palace has only its ruined foundations and partial remains
of the many great splendid halls and walls. Lunch break at the riverside restaurant. Thai food lunch is provided.
Then, visit Wat Mahatha . It is said that a holy relic of The Lord
Buddha was enshrined here. Historians can not tell who built this
temple. However, it is believed that either the second king or the
fourth king of Ayuthaya may have built it.
Our final visit to Wat Rajaburana, a temple built by King Boromracha
II on the cremation site of his two brothers, who killed each other
for the throne. Then, the tour ends, and drive back to Bangkok hotel
or airport. (B&L).
DAY 5 BANGKOK-CHIANG MAI FLIGHT AND TOUR.
Early morning breakfast at the hotel and transfer to airport to
catch a flight to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival in Chiang Mai, meet at
the airport and transfer to your hotel and lunch break. In the afternoon,
temple tour including a visit to Wat Prathad Doi Sutep, the most
celebrated temple in Chiang Mai, containing a holy relic of Lord
Buddha. To reach the temple, we drive up Doi (mount) Suthep, and
climb up 300 steps to get to the temple courtyard. Both sides of
the steps is flanked by enormous mythological Nagas (snakes). A
panoramic view of the city can be seen from here at 3,500 feet above
sea level. Then visit Wat Pra Singh (A.D.1345) housing a very old
and sacred Buddha image and Wat Suan Dok (A.D. 1371), where the
ash of Chiang Mai's Royal family is said to be preserved.
In the evening, we enjoy traditional northern Thai cuisine Kantoke
Dinner, and observe Northern Thai folk song and dance performed
by different hill-tribes in their colorful costumes. Each tribe
is different in his/her own right in costumes, dialects, culture
and superstitions! At the end, you will be asked to mix and dance.
Day 6 Elephant trekking-Hill Tribe villages-Bamboo Rafting
After breakfast, travel about 50 kilometers from the city for a
full day's tour of Chiang Dao elephant training Center. Start one-hour
elephant ride through the semi-jungle vegetation to visit a Lisu
hill tribe village, a wonderful experience. Returning to the camp,
watch the elephants taking their morning bath in the running stream
before starting their day training and work. See demonstration of
elephants at work.
Then, take an exciting bamboo rafting (traditional transportation
in the river) down the Mae Ping River for one hour. On the way back
to the city, visit an orchid nursery and butterfly farm, where local
lunch is provided. Visit Mae Sa waterfall and botanical park. Evening
- at leisure. You may wish to visit the Chiang Mai night market
for a look or souvenir shopping. (B,L&D).
Day 7 Mong Hill Tribe Village and leisure trekking
08.30 A.M. Pick up at your Hotel, and board on a 4x4 WD for 7 km
drive visiting Nhong Hoi Royal project Development Center. Then,
visit Mong Hill tribe Village. Around eleven, we will take one hour
trekking over mountain and forest trails to the Fire Observation
Tower. Approximately around 12.30 P.M., we will have B-B-Q Picnic
Lunch while enjoying a panoramic mountain view at 2,000 feet above
sea level. Then, around two in the afternoon, we take a half an
hour elephant ride over forest trails. And then, return to Mae-Sa
Valley Craft Village.
About 05.00 P.M., we depart Mae-Sa Valley for Chiang Mai. (B,L&D).
DAY 8 CHIANG MAI TO PHUKET FLIGHT.
Upon arrival pick up from Phuket Airport by air-conditioned limousine/minibus,
transfer to the chosen hotel and check in. Then, begin tour around
the island to see some of the most spectacular sights of the island.
Lunch is included in the trip. Evening at leisure and accommodation
in the chosen room category. (B&L).
Day 9 Phuket Tour
Breakfast in the hotel. Pick up from the hotel to cross the bridge
to the mainland. Visit an elephant camp (elephant trekking optional),
a spectacular temple built inside a limestone cave and start for
a fascinating boat trip through the mangrove forests to visit James
Bond island. Lunch on a stilt-built fishing village and afternoon
return to Phuket. Evening at leisure and accommodation in the chosen
room category. (B&L).
Day 10 Phuket Beach tour
Breakfast in the hotel. Pick up from the hotel for a full-day trip
by boat (joint) to spectacular Raya Island, to enjoy a relaxing
day on a beautiful beach with time for snorkeling in the clear water.
Lunch is included in the trip. Evening at leisure and accommodation
in the chosen room category. (B&L).
Day 11 Phang Nga Bay Sea Kayak Tour
Breakfast at the hotel. Pick up from the hotel and depart for a
full day Phang Nga Bay sea kayak tour with escort boat. Fresh seafood
lunch and afternoon snack will be provided on board. Our sea kayak
trips take you through tidal caves and tunnels to the pristine centers
of limestone islands to see untouched lush vegetation and wildlife.
Phang Nga Bay kayak trips are full of fun and adventure. Evening
return to the hotel and at leisure. (B&L).
Day 12 Departure from Phuket
Breakfast at the hotel. Pick up from the hotel by air-conditioned
limousine/minibus and transfer to Phuket Airport. End of services.
SHERPA ASCENT INTERNATIONAL -THAILAND TOUR RATES
TOUR DESTINATIONS TOUR COSTS ARE NETT PER PERSON IN US DOLLARS
Bangkok-Chiangmai-Phuket Soft Adventure Tour 12 Days 1 2 3-6 7-10
11-15 16-20 SGL Remark
GROUP A 270 1600 1550 1480 1370
GROUP B 2370 1455 1325 1215 1105
GROUP C 2260 1380 1270 1160 1050
GROUP A = Accommodations in luxury 4 star hotels when in the cities.
GROUP B = Accommodations in quality 3 star hotels.
GROUP C = Accommodations in quality non-star to 2 star hotels.
TOUR COST INCLUDES:
All accommodations in quality hotels in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and
Phuket based on twin sharing and breakfast basis (accommodations
are based on the price category A, B & C), deluxe air-conditioned
tour coach, all tour activities as mentioned in the itinerary, English
or other foreign language speaking local tour guide service throughout
the tour, all monument & park entrance fees, all ground to boat
transfers including from airport to hotel and vise versa.
TOUR COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Visa fees, international and domestic airfares & airport departure
tax, lunch & dinner not mentioned in the itinerary, personal
clothing, personal insurance, alcoholic beverages, telephone, laundry,
tips, charges for delays caused by situations beyond our control
such as bad weather, natural disasters, civil unrest, and emergencies.
PACKAGE PRICES & ALTERNATION OF ITINERARIES:
All package prices are net per person in US Dollars. The package
prices are subject to change should there be changes in government
tax policies, Thai currency exchange rates and/or major changes
in US Dollar exchange rates.
We reserve the right to alternate an itinerary in the event of natural
disasters, bad weather, civil unrest or other unforeseen factors
that pose threat to us. In such events, alteration of an itinerary
is done for the safety of our clients.